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1  CANADA / Ontario / silver stamping blanks on: August 22, 2010 08:57:48 PM
Anyone know of Canadian (preferably Ontario) sources for silver stamping blanks? I'm looking for the kind used to make personalized jewellery and trying to avoid high shipping and double taxes (incl gst at the border). These will be used for a fund-raising event if I can get them in time.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / bride's pearl and wire necklace? on: December 17, 2007 03:46:23 PM
Hi gang!
I've searched high and low but can't find the original posting. I'm looking for pictures of a wire and pearl necklace (and bracelet?) that a craftster bride made for her summer wedding, I think last summer? It was kind of branched, very delicate and beautiful. Can anyone hook me up with the post?
Thanks so much for your help and inspiration,
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crocheted nudes on: February 11, 2007 07:49:06 PM
I don't crochet but I thought that those of you who do might get a giggle out of this...


 Shocked Shocked Shocked
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / first pendant and bracelet efforts on: October 27, 2006 07:57:01 PM
with inspiration from countless craftsters and my bestest bead-buddy Courtney  Grin

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / chicken viking hat gone awry... on: August 14, 2006 08:32:45 PM
So I was all pumped up after making the awesome baby-sized chicken viking hat. My coworker really wanted one for herself so I tried to upsize the pattern but it came out really shallow, kinda beanie-like. Not wanting to waste all my hard work, I decided to alter it and give it to my vegan sister-in-law; the baby one is for her son, so now they'll match sorta.
Good thing she has a goofy sense of humour... There's a red ruffled "comb" on top, felt+button eyes and of course the beak.

Whaddaya think?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / adult sized chicken hat (with pattern) on: August 12, 2006 04:02:12 PM
So I finally did it. My camera isn't working so no pics yet, but it actually came out the right size for a grown-up head. The only thing I'll alter if I make another adult-sized Raw Chicken Viking Hat is to make the drumsticks a bit bigger (they look kinda dinky on the bigger hat).
The pattern is mostly the same as the baby one with these few adjustments:

- with 3.75mm circular needles (US5), cast on 102 st.
- do 6 rounds seed stitch
- switch to 4mm circular (US6) needles and do 24 rounds in the 4-row gooseflesh pattern (as in the original pattern)
- *k2tog, k15, place marker* repeat all the way around so you have 6 sections
- continue in goosebumps pattern, reducing on odd-numbered rounds, until you have 54 stitches left (8 reducing rounds)
- change to reducing on every round until only 6 st left, break off yarn and pull through

- EARFLAPS - mark centre back, count 13 st forward along bottom edge, pick up 24 st
                 - do 3 rows seed stitch then begin reducing as per original pattern

- DRUMSTICKS - mine came out looking a tad small so next time I'll maybe increase by ~20% (making it pick up 30 st in back-slanting oval instead of just 25) and starting about 15 rows above edging

- the rest is the same (ties, feet, etc) and came out OK

I hope this helps anyone who has been looking to make a bigger version.

7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / paper clip challenge on: August 12, 2006 03:20:50 PM
not that I have any idea what I would make out of paper clips, the possibilities are virtually endless!   (the gerbil is getting on the wheel, it's turning, hmmmmmmm)
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / source for letter charts? on: August 09, 2006 12:04:20 AM
Greetings Craftsters!
I'm looking for a (preferably free and online)  source for charts for knitting lower case letters, like those you can use to personalize sweaters. Does anyone know of any? Books and mags are OK too.
Thanks in advance,
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / wee wearable winter warmers on: August 06, 2006 12:38:47 PM
Alrighty then. This is my first attempt at posting a project as I only recently discovered the Wonderland that is Craftster. Hopefully my pics will post OK. No "making of" pics though as I had to use my work camera and didn't have it at home.
A quick bit of background - my pregnant co-worker saw me knitting a baby sweater for a friend and asked if I'd knit her one. Coincidentally, I had just found out about this challenge so I decided to knit a teeny little sweater using darning needles and embroidery floss. When I brought it in to show her, she was thrilled but told me that it would maybe fit her baby right now (4 months pregnant) but not when it was born...
She suggested I title my posting "Fetal Fashions" but I didn't want to upset anyone.
The hardest part was holding the super skinny needles (I have a little arthritis in my hands) for hours a a time. My hands totally cramped up. Other than that, the obligatory needle jabs to the fingertips and accidentally splitting stitches (I used 3 strands of floss to provide a thick enough knit), it all went OK. The sweater was made in 4 parts (front, back and sleeves) and sewn together. All three parts are actually wearable if I could find a small enough model, and the mittens are joined by a braided idiot string. There's also a stripey scarf but it didn't get finished in time to be photographed and posted.

Comments appreciated   Smiley
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